From Monterey Pop to Broadway

Abe Jacob on Bringing Meyer Sound to Theatre

Abe Jacob, considered the godfather of sound design on Broadway, began his career in San Francisco doing sound for artists such as The Mamas & The Papas, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles last touring concert at Candlestick Park. He met another young sonic wizard—John Meyer—during the period of the famed Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. Abe took what he learned from concert sound to Broadway including the original productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. Abe came to John for a theatre sound solution and the UPA was born creating a Broadway standard for decades to come. Abe reflects on the 50 years he has worked with John and Helen Meyer.

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